13 February Phantom Dancer – Pioneer African-American Singer And Stand-up


Pioneer African-American stand-up comedian, Timmie Rogers, is the focus of this week’s, The Phantom Dancer.

The Phantom Dancer is your non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 1960s radio and TV.

It’s been presented by 1920s-1930s singer and band leader, Greg Poppleton, since 1985.

Hear this show online for the next 4 weeks after the 13 Feb broadcast at radio 2ser.com

On this week’s Phantom Dancer we hear the stars of jazz on Eddie Condon’s 1948 TV ‘Floorshow’. There’s a set of Benny Goodman from 1934-36 radio. And we visit ‘The Supper Club’, an NBC radio show, in 1944-45. The Birdland audience sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Billy Eckstine live on 1953 radio.

Plus, as mentioned, we hear Timmie Rogers, in live 1945-49 radio appearances. And there’s a bonus live Nat King Cole treatment of a Timmie Rogers song, broadcast from The Trocadero in Hollywood in 1945.

 

TIMMIE ROGERS

US comedian, band leader, singer, composer and actor, Timmie Rogers, was one of the first black comedians who directly addressed a white audience when he worked.

Before Rogers, African-American comedians had to either work in pairs or groups, talking only to each other while playing characters – think Mr Gallagher  and Mr Sheen.

In fact, Timmie Rogers began in vaudeville in 1932 with a partner, Freddie, doing a dance act.

 

STAND-UP PIONEER

He went his own way in 1944 and was an immediate success on radio. Today’s Phantom Dancer features some of Timmie Rogers early radio solo work.

Rogers had been dancing since age 8. He ran away from home at 12 working as a dishwasher. He learnt the languages he heard in the kitchens. He eventually could speak nine languages. He sang in French and German.

While working cleaning ashtrays in a ballroom, absorbed which what was happening on stage, he was invited to dance between acts. That was the beginning of his career in entertainment. First he was a dancer and singer. Then his main focus became stand-up, specialising in the topical and political.

FIRST TV SHOW 1949

In 1949, Rogers starred in the first black prime-time show on US TV (CBS), Uptown Jubilee.

 

OH, YEAH!

Rogers was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. His catchphrase was “Oh Yeah!”, which you’ll hear plenty of times in today’s Phantom dancer Timmie Rogers set and in The Phantom dancer Video of the Week below.

He was a recurring guest star on The Jackie Gleason Show for over 12 years. He ended up working with Gleason thirty years.

Rogers also a composer and lyricist. You’ll hear his song, ‘If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes’, sung by Nat King Cole in a live 1945 radio broadcast. He wrote songs for Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. His hits included ‘Back to School Again’ and ‘I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya’.

 

1961 TV APPEARANCE

On your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, enjoy Timmie Rogers as he wins over the studio audience on a 1961 TV Variety Show,

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #303

107.3 2SER Tuesday 13 February 2018
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Benny Goodman 1934-36
Music Hall Rag
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Comm Rec
New York City
1934
Dixieland Band
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Ward
‘Let’s Dance’
WEAF NBC Red NY
4 May 1935
King Porter Stomp + Goodbye (theme)
Benny Goodman Orchestra
Joseph Urban Room
Congress Hotel
NBC Chicago
3 February 1936
Set 2
Exotica on the Wireless
Theme + Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
Sauter and Finegan
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Blue Note
WMAQ NBC Chicago
12 Sep 1953
Goodnight For A Murder
George Barnes
‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’
WJZ NBC Blue NY via Chicago
8 Sep 1941
Mocambo Mambo
Martin Denny Orchestra
London House
WBBM CBS Chicago
1959
Set 3
NBC Supper Club
I May Be Wrong
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
10 Apr 1946
On The Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe
The Satisfiers
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1945
The Brave Volunteer + Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Jo Stafford
’Supper Club’
NBC/AFRS
1950
Set 4
Progressive Jazz Singers
I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
Arthur Prysock
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
9 Sep 1952
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Anita O’Day (voc) Nat King Cole Trio
‘King Cole Court’
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
1959
Happy Birthday + Send My Baby Back To Me
Billy Eckstine
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WNBC NBC NY
8 Jul 1953
Set 5
Jazz on 1948-49 TV with Eddie Condon
Fascinating Rhythm / I Got a Crush On You / ‘S Wonderful / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / The Man I Love / Embraceable You / I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
9 Jul 1949
I Cover The Waterfront
Sarah Vaughan
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Look At Me Now
June Christy
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WNBT TV NY
23 Jul 1949
Blues
Eddie Condon Group
‘Eddie Condon Floor Show’
WPIX TV NY
13 Dec 1948
Set 6
1930s Small Groups
Sweet Heartache
Valaida Snow
Comm Rec
London
9 Jul 1937
Deep Purple
Benny Goodman Quartet
‘Camel Caravan’
WCAU CBS Philadelphia
14 Feb 1939
Theme + Hold My Hand
Fats Waller
WEAF NBC Red NY
16 Jul 1938
Gin Mill Blues + Close
Bob Crosby
‘Swing Concert’
Congress Hotel
WMAQ NBC Red Chicago
18 May 1937
Set 7
Timmie Rogers Comedian
Good Deal
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
Stand-Up
Timmie Rogers
Apollo Theatre
New York City
17 Aug 1950
Daddy-O
Timmie Rogers
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1946
The Trouble With Me Is You
Nat King Cole (composed by Timmie Rogers)
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
26 Apr 1945
Set 8
1940s-50s ‘Modern Jazz’
Twilight in Teheran
Buck Ram All-Stars
Comm Rec
New York City
18 Sep 1944
Intro + I’m In A Dancing Mood
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Basin Street
WCBS CBS NY
Mar 1957
Ain’t You A Mess
Stan Getz
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken
WCBS CBS NY
18 May 1957
Dizzy’s Business
Dizzy Gillespie
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
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Phantom Dancer 12 September – Final Episode ‘Radar Men From The Moon’


If the 5 September show is anything to go by, the 12 September Phantom Dancer is going to be the best show ever.

This week you’ll hear a ‘Night in Tunisia’ set, a set of live Latin rhythms by Prado Perez, Xavier Cugat and Enric Madreguera and Freddie Rich from 1932 radio with a band including Bob Effros, Bunny Berrigan, Manny Klein, the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang.

Your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV is presented by myself, Greg Poppleton, over radio station 107.3 2SER Sydney. I’ve been bringing you The Phantom Dancer since 1985.

You can now hear it live-streamed and online on Radio 2SER’s website.

See the full play list below.

Your Phantom Dancer Video of the Week this week is episode 11, the climactic end, of the 1952 Republic serial, Radar Men From The Moon.
Enjoy!

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!

Thank you.

 

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #279

107.3 2SER Tuesday 12 September 2017
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program:
2RRR Gladesville Thurs 11am – 12
ArtSoundFM Canberra Sunday 7 – 8pm
and early morning on 22 other stations.

Set 1
Swing Bands with Trumpet Band Leaders on One Night Stand, 1943-45
Theme + Blue Skies
Lee Castle Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Ice Terrace Room
Newark, New Jersey
AFRS Re-broadcast
30 Aug 1944
Theme + Sunday
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Palladium Ballroom
Hollywood
AFRS Re-broadcast
Oct 1943
Disorder At The Border + Theme + Memories of You + Begin The Beguine
Sonny Durham Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Ice Terrace Room
Hotel New Yorker NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jul 1945
Set 2
Latin Jazz on Live 1945 – 55 Radio
Theme + Oya Negra
Enric Madreguera and his Music of the Americas (voc) Eddy Gomez
’One Night Stand’
Copacabana NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
5 Jul 1945
Theme + Siboney
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Ramona Room
Hotel Last Frontier
NBC Las Vegas
30 Nov 1953
Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets + Close
Prado Perez
’All-Star Parade of Bands’
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
24 Jul 1953
Set 3
Stan Kenton 1950s Radio
Young Blood
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
NBC Fort Sheridan Ill.
30 Sep 1952
Too Marvellous
Stan Kenton Quintet
’Jazz Club USA’
Voice of America
Washington DC
1952
Francesca + Artistry in Rhythm (theme)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
’Concert in Miniature’
Hampton Beach Casino
New Hampshire
WBZ NBC Boston
21 Jul 1953
Set 4
Count Basie 1954-56
Ingin’ The Ooh
Count Basie Nonet
Comm Rec
Boston
7 Sep 1954
You For Me
Count Basie Orchestra
Red Hill Inn
Pennsauken NY
WCBS CBS NY
1 Dec 1956
Bubbles
Count Basie Orchestra
’Treasury Bandstand’
American Legion Park
WLAN ABC Lancaster PA
2 Sep 1954
Set 5
Freddie Rich 1932
I’ve Got Five Dollars (theme) + Copenhagen
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
CBS Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Bend Down Sister
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
CBS Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Japanese Sandman
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
CBS Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
You Try Somebody Else + Close
Freddie Rich and the Friendly Five Orchestra
’Friendly Five Footnotes’
CBS Radio Transcription
New York City
1932
Set 6
Harry James 1942-46
Ciribiribin (Theme) + You’re In Love With Someone Else
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Roof Garden
Hotel Astor
WABC CBS NY
28 Aug 1942
Open + Joe Blow
Harry James Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS Los Angeles
1943
Theme + Save The American Way
Harry James Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
’Treasury War Bond Show’
Radio Transcription NYC
Mar 1942
All Of Me
Harry James Orchestra
’One Night Stand’
Meadowbrook Gardens
Culver City CA
AFRS Re-broadcast
10 Feb 1946
Set 7
Nawlins Jazz On The Air
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Theme) + Sensation Rag
Muggsy Spanier and group
’This Is Jazz’
WOR MBS NY
22 Mar 1947
Eh Las Bas
Papa Celestin and his New Orleans Jazz Band (voc) Papa Celestin
’Dixieland Jamboree’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
1950
Jazz Me Blues
Bob Crosby Bobcats
Blackhawk Restaurant
WGN Chicago
29 Apr 1940
Maryland, My Maryland
George Lewis and his New Orleans Ragtime Jazz Band
’Dixieland Jamboree’
WDSU ABC New Orleans
29 Apr 1951
Set 8
A Night In Tunisia
A Night In Tunisia
Boyd Raeburn Orchestra
Rose Room
Palace Hotel
KQW CBS San Francisco
19 Jun 1945
A Night In Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra
Birdland
WCBS CBS NY
Jun 1956
A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker – Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
’Symphony Sid Show’
Birdland
WJZ NYC
31 Mar 1945

Swing Dancers and Children Dancing


Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big semi-circle of onlookers at a location people normally rush through to catch their train.

At one point in the second set, I spied a group of six dressed in fine vintage fashion, hesitating outside the semi circle of onlookers.

When I called out to them that they might want to dance to the next song, Somebody Loves Me, it turned out they were swing dancers!

So I took some snaps as they took to the terrazzo to swirl and twirl to the band’s swinging authentic 1920s – 1930s swing.

After the gig, my agent, Tony Jex, from OzManagement, texted me this nice message from a person who was in the audience,

“Greg, thanks for the dedication of Avalon today. By the way, On The Sunny Side of the Street is my funeral song and always gets me teary. Thanks again,” Craig and Baby Steven.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Geoff Power – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

Greg Poppleton Show Photos Builders Club, Wollongong


Greg Poppleton, 1920s – 30s singer and band, returned to The Builders Club Wollongong, Sunday 16th April.

It was the second show on the band’s Easter Tour 2017, with a enthusiastic audience in The Basement at The Builders.

Greg often took a walk through the audience to sing to everyone personally, his booming 3-octave baritone filling the room without a microphone.

On stage: Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s vocals), Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Dave Clayton (double bass) and Damon Poppleton (soprano sax).

We’ll be back at the The Builders Sunday 25 June and Sunday 22 October.

Both shows are free. Music starts 2:30pm. Lights up at 5:30pm.

Meantime, we also love playing weddings, corporate events and parties. Request a quote.

For your wedding, corporate event and party, Request a quote.

The final Greg Poppleton on the Easter Tour 2017 will be the 1920s Gin Mill Social at Slide Cabaret, Friday 21 April. More Info and Tickets

Then, Wednesday April 26, dance to Greg Poppleton Swingin’ at the Speakeasy at Palmer & Co, Abercrombie Lane, City, 7-10pm. Free.

24 March Gin Mill Social Photos with Greg Poppleton Band


Greg Poppleton and band opened the 24 March Gin Mill Social with plenty of rhythmic 1920s hotcha.

Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer sang, with Paul Baker banjo and Jim Elliott on alto and bass saxophone.

Here’s a gallery of all the fun at Sydney’s premier 1920s night.

Get in early to book your tickets for the last Gin Mill Social at Slide, Friday 21 April, 6:45-11:30pm.

It will be the final show of the Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017: Penrith RSL 15 April 2pm = Builders Club Wollongong 16 April 2:30pm – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills 21 April 6:45pm

Greg Poppleton and band also play weddings, corporate events and parties. Contact us at the band website.

Official 2016 Art Deco Ball Photos


Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters have been the band for the popular Great Art Deco Ball, the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival since 2013.

Brigitte Grant took the official photos of the ball in 2016. I am now able to show them to you.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s singer and megaphone
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar and banjo
Jim Elliot – clarinet, alto sax and bass saxophone

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for clubs and festivals across Australia and NZ. We’re also available for your wedding, corporate function and party. Contact.